Bill signed expediting, expanding age-appropriate treatment options for juvenile offenders

Judges will have greater flexibility to find more age-appropriate penalties for young offenders that could enhance and expedite rehabilitation under legislation signed today by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

“Reinventing Michigan’s criminal justice system is critically important, and this bill helps our judicial leaders  assess penalties for juvenile offenders in a way that will hopefully lead to better long-term rehabilitation outcomes for our young people,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 251, sponsored by state Sen. John Proos, expands diversion opportunities for juveniles in the criminal justice system to more quickly direct them to treatment services. It also gives judges the flexibility to find more age-appropriate penalties for young offenders that could enhance and expedite rehabilitation. It is now Public Act 185 of 2016.

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